Duchess Meghan joins the royal family for first Trooping the Colour


Click through the gallery to see the most stylish looks donned by the royals at 2018's Trooping the Colour. The Queen was present at the ceremony which took place at Windsor Castle, but unfortunately, Prince Philip - who had been Colonel of the Grenadier Guards since 1975 - was unable to attend as he was feeling "unwell". His absence had nothing to do with his recent hip surgery.

The youngsters always have a front-row view of the aircraft display, while Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were positioned at the back.

With the streets lined with crowds waving flags, the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down the Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, alongside members of the royal family on horseback and in carriages.

The ceremony involves more than 1,400 officers, 400 musicians and 200 horses.

Meghan gets to see how the family's expert at royal duty comports herself for the myriad unexpected details-how to handle a deluge of floral bouquets, chatting with local officials, how to pace meeting bystanders at a walkabout so as to not upset the overall schedule.

Princess Kate, who has been on maternity leave since giving birth to Prince Louis, left the newborn home. His November birthday often saw rain so he chose to celebrate with the public in the summers (how convenient).

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Mr Fitzwilliams concluded: "I just hope her mother the Duchess of York, a disaster when a member of the Royal Family and subsequently known for her erratic behaviour, keeps a low profile". The 29-year-old teamed her frock with a crisp black blazer with cape sleeves, a coordinating green quilted bag with a gold chain and patent black court shoes with a bold strap.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month". Meghan has become particularly close to her father-in-law, who walked her down the aisle and was instrumental in helping Meghan and Harry with wedding planning.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex followed suit by horse and carriage together with the Duke of Kent.

Prince Harry and his bride joined his bro, Prince William and Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla. along with various other siblings, cousins and little ones Saturday to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 92nd birthday.

Meghan also had her hair styled in a bouncy blowout.